This morning on Morning Joe, former president Bushs press secretary was ask to name a Bush/Republican accomplishment during his 8 year administration. She proudly announced the under funded and failed No Child Left Behind. Daily Nebraskan - US drops to 12th among college degrees earned According to a study released by the College Board, the United States is lagging behind other nations in college completion rates, an area in which the U.S. was once dominant. Now the U.S. has fallen to 12th among 36 developed nations for the number of 25 to 34-year-olds with college degrees. In the global economy, the disadvantage is that we wont be able to compete as well as other nations, said John Lee, assistant researcher with College Board. It goes back to a sort of American competitiveness on a local and a global scale. By 2018, 63 percent of the jobs in the U.S. will require some sort of post-secondary degree, but if only about 40 percent of people can actually access those jobs, well have to either import that labor or eliminate those jobs, Lee said. According to the annual report of graduates from 2008-2009 from UNL Career Services, the average salary of graduates with bachelors degrees was $39,992. Of those 2008-2009 graduates who responded to the survey, 91.9 percent reported their job was related to their education and 92.6 percent said they were satisfied with their job. We were first. Now we rank 12th. The one Republican success.